# Prime meaning

Guard dogs primed for attack.

- One used to distinguish different values of the same variable in a mathematical expression.
- One used to represent a unit of measurement, such as feet or minutes in latitude and longitude.

The *prime* minister.

A *prime* advantage.

*Prime* beef.

A team *primed* for a game.

- To distinguish between different values of the same variable.
- To distinguish a letter, number, or other character from another of the same kind, as A.
- For certain units of measure, as feet or minutes of arc.

Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.

Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.

Thirteen is a prime number.

**prime**symbol.

3 is a prime.

I'm threatening to build a prime here.

To prime a witness.

The boys are primed for mischief.

An example of an adjective using prime is prime time, a television show on at 8pm.

An example of an adjective using prime is prime seating, front row center seats at a concert.

An example of an adjective using prime is prime aging, the best cut of beef.

Our prime consideration is for the children's safety.

The prime action of the drug.

- To encourage the growth or action of something.

### Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

### Origin of prime

- Middle English
*first in occurrence**from*Old French*feminine of**prin**from*Latin*prīmus*per^{1}in Indo-European roots*Noun, sense 5, from*Middle English*from*Old English*prīm**from*Late Latin*prīma (hōra)**first (hour)**from*Latin*feminine of**prīmus*##### From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

- From Old French
*prime*, from Latin primus (“first"), from Old Latin pri (“before"), from Proto-Indo-European**per-*(“beyond, before").##### From Wiktionary

- Origin uncertain; perhaps related to primage.
##### From Wiktionary